The Edmonton Oilers
face a win-or-else scenario when they play the Anaheim Ducks
The Oilers, who enter 12th in the Western Conference, need a victory to keep alive their flickering hopes for a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. A loss would mean missing the postseason for the seventh straight year.
Making matters more difficult is the fact they'll have to make their push without second-year center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who the team announced Sunday would miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury that likely will require surgery.
The Ducks, meanwhile, can clinch the Pacific Division title with a win and some help. A Ducks win, combined with a Dallas Stars regulation-time win against the Los Angeles Kings and a Columbus Blue Jackets defeat of the San Jose Sharks would win their first division title since 2007 -- the year the franchise won its only Stanley Cup.
Here are the lineups the Ducks (via the Orange County Register) and Oilers likely will go with Sunday:
Taylor Hall - Sam Gagner - Jordan Eberle
Magnus Paajarvi - Anton Lander - Nail Yakupov
Ryan Jones - Shawn Horcoff - Teemu Hartikainen
Ryan Smyth - Jerred Smithson - Mike Brown
Ladislav Smid - Jeff Petry
Nick Schultz - Justin Schultz
Mark Fistric - Corey Potter
Injured: Eric Belanger (groin), Ales Hemsky (foot), Lennart Petrell (ankle), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (shoulder), Andy Sutton (knee), Theo Peckham (illness)
Scratched: Ryan Whitney
Bobby Ryan - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Kyle Palmieri - Nick Bonino - Teemu Selanne
Daniel Winnik - Saku Koivu - Andrew Cogliano
Matt Beleskey - David Steckel - Brad Staubitz
Cam Fowler - Francois Beauchemin
Bryan Allen - Ben Lovejoy
Toni Lydman - Sami Vatanen
Injured: Luca Sbisa (lower body)
Scratched: Sheldon Souray, Radek Dvorak, Matthew Lombardi, Emerson Etem